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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2737 ..

MR HIRD (continuing):

The committee has noted the unanimous view that action is needed to improve Fairbairn Avenue. Specifically, this action needs to address traffic volumes, road safety, local access and noise problems. The committee is extremely pleased with the current signposting program designed to encourage heavy vehicles away from Fairbairn Avenue. We also look forward to the results of the Majura Valley Transport Study as a means of improving the Fairbairn Avenue situation.

In this respect, we draw the attention of members to recommendation 20 of our report No 67 into the Gungahlin drive extension, tabled in this house earlier this year. This recommendation is that "the ACT government, in conjunction with the federal government, commence design work for a permanent grade-separated interchange of Majura Road, Moreshead Drive, Pialligo Road and the Dairy road". We continue to believe that this work will provide the best solution to traffic problems in this area, as it would provide greater incentive for vehicles to bypass not only Fairbairn Avenue but also Limestone as a travel option.

We also welcome the current examination of a Northcott Avenue-Constitution Avenue option. We accept that all these options will be thoroughly examined in the preliminary assessment which is being undertaken of the Fairbairn Avenue proposals. We emphasise the need to explore all options before a decision on the duplication of Fairbairn Avenue is made.

We as a committee see it as appropriate that our successors on this committee in the new parliament should continue to monitor this issue and ensure that residents who are affected will continue to be closely consulted. This is the usual procedure of my committee. A lot of effort and thought has gone into this report and I am delighted that I and my colleagues Mr Rugendyke and Mr Corbell have made a unanimous decision.

I commend the report to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Discharge of order of the day

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer) (8.06): Mr Speaker, pursuant to standing order 152, I move:

That order of the day No 1, Executive business, relating to the Cooperatives Bill 2000 be discharged from the Notice Paper.

The Cooperatives Bill 2000 has been superseded by the Cooperatives Bill 2001.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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